Cara & Carey
Wedding Date | April 12, 2014
Ceremony Venue | Belle Meade Plantation Garden
Reception Venue | Belle Meade Plantation Carriage House
Guests | 175
Budget | $30,000 – 40,000
Planner | Lesa Neff, Infinity Restaurant Group
Photographer and Videographer | SheHeWe Photography
Gown | Augusta Jones, The Bride Room
Bride’s Accessories | Belt (Anthropologie), Earrings (Etsy), Cowboy Boots (Ariat)
Men’s Attire | Men's Warehouse
Bridesmaids’ Attire | Love Lane, Bella Bridesmaid
Hair | Jessica Riehm, Studio BBC
Makeup | Babe Beauty Bar
Cake | The Cupcake Collection
Stationery | Designs in Paper
Caterer | Harding House
Floral Designer | Rebel Hill Florist
Ceremony Musicians | East Nashville Bluegrass Trio
Reception Musicians | Soul Searchers (Prime Source Entertainment)
Lighting | Bright Event Productions
How would you describe your style as a couple?
Classic & Simple
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding (e.g., décor, colors, details, or even venue selection)?
Belle Meade Plantation is so beautiful in the spring you don't need much decoration so we kept it pretty classic & simple except for our bright and colorful flowers by Rebel Hill Florist.
What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding?
Everyone really loved the food. Harding House did a great job putting together a menu of BBQ and other southern favorites.
Did any of your weddings vendors stand out as exceptional?
We absolutely loved SheHeWe Photography. I cannot say enough nice things about them- we would definitely recommend them. They were so nice and fun, easy to work with, and took amazing pictures.
We also really loved The Cupcake Collection and Rebel Hill Florist. They were both great to work with, and we got so many compliments on both the cake and the flowers.
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
We definitely splurged on our pictures/video, but we're so glad that we did. You spend so much time planning the little details and then the day goes by so fast. It's great to be able to go back and look at everything. We originally weren't going to do a video, but we absolutely loved our video/picture fusion so it was a great investment. We saved by doing a lot of our own design and printing, such as programs, welcome notes, etc.
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
Have a shorter engagement! We were engaged for over a year and it made the wedding planning process drag on a little too long.
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
Don't sweat the small stuff; get a good band or DJ, good food, drinks, family & friends, and you're all set.